Stabilisation and Transfer of Sick New-Borns Delivered in Stand-Alone Midwifery Led Units. (2014)

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Conference abstract

*Tyler, W, Philpott, A, Brown, S, Rhodes, J

Archives of Disease in Childhood — Fetal & Neonatal Edition, 02 June 2014, vol./is. 99/(0-0), 13592998

BACKGROUND: Women should be offered the choice of delivering at home, in midwife-led units (MLU) or obstetric units.(1) 20% of Shropshire mothers choose delivery in an MLU which refer into Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) obstetric/neonatal unit for additional care. The West Midlands neonatal transfer service (WMNTS) is not commissioned to transfer babies from MLUs; any transfer required is performed by the MLU midwife and the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). These staff must be confident in recognising, stabilising and transferring babies requiring a higher level of care at or immediately after delivery. AIM: To develop an educational package for midwives and paramedics caring for sick newborns. PROJECT: Representatives from midwifery, neonatal care, WMAS and WMNTS met to develop a training package. They were informed by the Scottish Transport Team who deliver a course for their remote maternity units. Support for the project was given by SaTH, WMAS and WMNTS. A one day programme was delivered at Shrewsbury MLU in December 2013. FEEDBACK: 16 midwives and 4 paramedics attended the course. All lectures, workshops and simulations were rated as good (20%) or excellent (80%). The course was rated as excellent (95%) or good (5%). FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS: Dates are set for three additional courses. All staff supporting stand-alone MLUs will access this training on a two-yearly basis. This programme will be offered to other MLUs in the West Midlands. REFERENCE: National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Intrapartum care. 2007.